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Edward Byrne Memorial
Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) 2017
Local Solicitation CFDA#16.738
Delray Beach Police Department
The Delray Beach Police Department’s Holiday Robbery Task Force has been operational since 1997. This Task Force runs annually from Thanksgiving through December 26 and provides a saturation of patrol units in all shopping centers within the City of Delray Beach for crime prevention purposes. The Police Department provides high profile visibility, utilizing over 80 different officers throughout the holiday season. During the course of the program in 2016, over six hundred and eighty hours were dedicated to this project.
The Holiday Robbery Task Force serves as an important deterrent, reducing the number of serious crimes during the Holiday Season when crimes of opportunity tend to increase. In addition, the presence of officers, employing community policing techniques, is expected to make citizens and visitors feel more secure. If a crime should occur, officers are on site and available to intervene. During the 2017 holiday season, we expect the Holiday Robbery Task Force to be deployed in the following commercial areas: Delray Crossings Plaza (with the anchor stores of Target, Outback, and Steak-n-Shake restaurants), Super Walmart, Delray Square, Boca/Delray Plaza, Delray West Plaza, Pines West Plaza, Plaza Delray (with the anchor stores of Publix Supermarket, Regal Cinemas, and Staples), and the Downtown Delray Beach business/art district with specialty shopping and restaurants (inclusive of Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Coastal Waterway).
In recent years, the City of Delray Beach has faced economic hardships, similar to other municipalities nationwide. Each year, the City faces increasing costs and funding restrictions. Funding through this JAG award is necessary to continue operating the Holiday Robbery Task Force at its current level. The projected cost to continue the Holiday Robbery Task Force for 2017 is anticipated to remain on par with the prior year, and the number of officers needed for this project will remain approximately the same. Last year’s total cost was $40,283.35, with $35,468 funded through the FY 2016 JAG and the remainder being funded by the City. For the upcoming FY 17/18, we are requesting that the full JAG allocation of $32,603 go towards funding this important program. All additional program costs, including other benefits, will be funded by the City.